Your forties is still a time when you can make big improvements to your strength and fitness levels but you’ll have to work at it. Anything worthwhile in life takes effort!
Muscle and bone mass start to decline more readily - so it's really a case of use it or lose it! It also gets harder to maintain your peak cardiovascular fitness, but you can still keep yourself in impressive shape and look and feel younger than you actually are.
In fact many women make their most significant fitness progress when they get into their forties, as they realise that what they bank now will have a huge impact later in life.
Here are a Few KEY Training Tips for your 40’s Work on Strength
Its known that muscle and bone mass starts to dip by your late 30’s and this continues into your 40’s if you don’t keep up a regular workout schedule that includes resistance training. By doing weight bearing exercise at least two or three times a week particular resistance training you’ll keep your bones strong, your joints stable, and will maintain and maybe increase muscle mass if you work hard at it.
Check out our the results of some of our strength and conditioning classes with some great shots of our clients who are all in their late 30's and early
Unless you have specific fitness goals, such as running a 10K race or competing in a triathlon, you don’t need to pound the roads to stay cardiovascular fit, especially if you’re doing resistance training two or three times a week.
I’m a big fan of regular brisk walking. It’s accessible, joint friendly, and a great destressor. Aim to do 10,000 steps a day or a 30 minute walk daily. I can’t live without my fitbit!
Do some Yoga
Mobility and flexibility are also really important to maintain, and will underpin everything else. We all have different areas of our body that get tight and we need to focus on, but one or two weekly yoga sessions should do the trick. If you can’t make a yoga class, add some mobility work and stretching at the beginning and end of your gym workout.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website as we are launching a 6 week yoga course in February.
If you concentrate on the above trio of strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness you will reach top form and you will look and feel younger and more vibrant.
Sylvia Rogue Fitness – Aged 43 years